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JL Flying-V 6'5" and GL Maliko 200
« on: May 15, 2020, 04:02:43 AM »
Finally got out on my first session with the Flying-V and a GoFoil Maliko 200 setup. Background far as foil, no boat, learned with a kite pretty easily. Obviously kite foiling is a lot easier because of the control of power, etc, but at least I know the weight transfer and general feeling of foiling. I've been kitefoiling for about 8 months (probably 25 sessions or so). I'm 6', 175 lbs for reference.

Jimmy Lewis Flying-V Overview:
-First off, great looking board, I expect it from JL, but man, it's a cool looking board. Foot placement markings are really helpful.
-I'm glad I went with 6'5", it's a bit of a struggle to get going to begin with, but getting my feet in the right spots over the foil is really easy because of the length.
-Plenty of volume/stability.

So, overall I got up on two waves in roughly a hour and a half, one ride was pretty long - 400' according to my watch, and it was basically gliding on whitewater, really worked on keeping it down, so I was probably 9" or so off the water, but smooth glide. The GL 200 as I got a bit used to it on take offs seems to be pretty forgiving on not being exactly centered. Foiling on this small of a SUP is pretty exhausting as well, as with anything you are learning, it's a lot of getting your muscles/body used to it. Long story short, I don't think it will take a ton of time to get to flying on a normal basis, but perfecting it will take some time. I'll keep reporting back, I definitely see some SUP's getting sold because of foiling.

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Re: JL Flying-V 6'5" and GL Maliko 200
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2020, 07:06:45 AM »
Ya, APPST ...I don't think I have heard a complaint about a JL board.  He obviously keeps a thumb on production and doesn't wander much off his design script. Few brands seem to hold a focus grasping for market share.

Are those dark lines what you called 'foot placement marks'?  Would you mind measuring the distance between? Thanks.

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Re: JL Flying-V 6'5" and GL Maliko 200
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2020, 12:20:53 PM »
Yeah they are, pretty helpful starting out actually. I'll measure I'm guessing it's roughly 3'.

2nd session today, perfect foil conditions I would say, maybe a bit big in spots with the swell, but mushy waist-stomach high. Got about 5 decent runs, foot placement and being squared up before the wave is the primary key. That and probably good gear from JL and GoFoil.
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Re: JL Flying-V 6'5" and GL Maliko 200
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2020, 08:21:50 PM »
Nice setup! I kite foil also, really helps with Sup foiling. Keep in mind if your getting worked on that wing, step down to the Iwa, for more powerful waves. Wish I had that info when I got my setup. That board will feel smaller as you progress. Another good tip is to keep both hands on the paddle when on foil, till you get your muscle memory dialed in.

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Re: JL Flying-V 6'5" and GL Maliko 200
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2020, 03:31:12 AM »
Nice setup! I kite foil also, really helps with Sup foiling. Keep in mind if your getting worked on that wing, step down to the Iwa, for more powerful waves. Wish I had that info when I got my setup. That board will feel smaller as you progress. Another good tip is to keep both hands on the paddle when on foil, till you get your muscle memory dialed in.

I could try the Iwa, my friend has it, but frankly, when the surf is good (this weekend) I'm still going to regular SUP. Tool for every condition, ha.
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Re: JL Flying-V 6'5" and GL Maliko 200
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2020, 10:54:58 AM »
5 sessions in, totally hooked. I'm pretty sure my normal SUP's are going to be sold off for the most part. Perfect conditions this AM, no wind, incoming tide, thigh/waist high hump in the inlet, barely breaking just a nice long bump. Getting good consistent 20-30 second runs on foil, a few quick observations:

1. Gear matters, really glad I waited awhile and grabbed a solid GL and Jimmy Lewis setup. Probably could have gone with the 5'11" Flying-V, but for now, the 6'5" will work.

2. Wave selection/rest between rides is key. When you are learning obviously your body doesn't have the muscle memory, and it's a lot work on you, when you fatigue or are breathless your stability gets off. Getting a nice little bump that isn't going to pitch is important, I really can't imagine doing a beachbreak at this point. Actually I tried this morning because the park where the inlet is was closed until 8 AM, night and day difference. You have to have a wave that is basically not breaking, especially when learning.

3. Foot placement is the main factor on success it seems. You will learn weight balance with the foil from boat/kite whatever, that's a prerequisite. The main thing with the SUP is getting your front foot on the stringer at take off and back foot on the foil (although it can be a bit off center). JL with the marks on the pad helps initially to get a feel.

If anyone is debating getting into it, do it, it's the most fun I've had since learning to kite. It's also a phenomenal workout.

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Re: JL Flying-V 6'5" and GL Maliko 200
« Reply #6 on: Today at 01:08:34 AM »
Cool!  My big JL board was a real help to figuring it all out. Definitely good boards. And, yes, those foot marks were VERY helpful in the beginning. I started from scratch so it took me a little longer. 13 sessions and many crashes before I caught a wave...hooked from that point on with zero desire to surf a regular board. ;D